Powerfully addictive, financially devastating and so tough to get off of, cocaine causes an amount of pain out of proportion to the fleeting moments of euphoria felt while high.
Get Past Cocaine Addiction
Whether snorted, injected or smoked, cocaine works in the brain to create an enormous increase in the pleasure and euphoria producing neurotransmitter dopamine. While high, cocaine users feel energized, vital, euphoric and confident, but minutes later, when the high disappears and the brain suffers a rebound crash, the feelings polarize and euphoria becomes depression, confidence becomes anxiety and seemingly the only way forward is always with more cocaine.
The cravings to use more cocaine are strong, very strong. When addicts try to come off a lengthy history of cocaine abuse, even though the cocaine doesn't work as it once did, it always feels as though the depression, lethargy and temptations will never end; and when you feel so down, and the cravings are so strong, it's awfully hard to resist a drug that you know is going to make you feel so much better.
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